Trash Can on Wheels.
The Biotruck: Made from rubbish, transformed with rubbish, and powered by rubbish.
The guy at the scrap yard that sold me this old school bus asked me what I wanted to do with it. I told him I was going to drive it to a friends place 100 miles away in Dorset, fix it up and then try to drive it around the world. He said he didn’t like my chances.
“You don’t think I’ll make it around the world?” I asked.
“No,” he replied “I meant I don’t think you’ll make it to Dorset” he murmured as he folded the bundle of notes I’d just given him into his pocket.
Thanks to Total Vehicle Technology the truck rose phoenix-like from the scrap yard. I stripped out the 28 seats and used reclaimed materials to turn the inside into an eco-home.
The living space is insulated with used carpet on the walls and ceiling, scavenged from home refurbishments, it has a lovely wood laminate flooring made from an assortment of odd coloured left overs, the counter top was a cupboard door and the kitchen draws are made from abandoned supermarket shopping baskets.
The diesel engine is converted, with the help of Oilybits to run on cooking oil, and TVT added a particulate filter to catch most of the nasties that come out of the exhaust. Using parts from old Greenfuels biodiesel processors and some old irrigation hoses, I’ve built an oil dewatering and filtering system under the bed.
The composting toilet only really makes it’s presence known in hot humid climates, but if it gets too cold we stop using the cold bucket shower, so there’s only a very narrow temperature range in which the truck doesn’t smell like randy hyena.
When we left we had a massive 1200litre fuel tank under the organic mattress bed. Over time though the inner lining has been sagging and that means the tank is slowly shrinking as the truck ages. How big the tank is now, no one can really say with any certainty. There’s no working fuel gauge and to the best way to know that it has enough fuel in it, is to poor it in yourself.
On the roof is a 500watt solar photovoltaic panel array provided by EcoVolt, and energy from that runs our living space; lights, stereo, chargers for laptops and cameras, and even the fridge we got from an old caravan.
The paint job was done using CFC-free cans, (they all are these days), by the Graffiti Kings, and that finishes it off making it look like a proper hippy bus.